Four O'Clock - Strega
We love growing four o’clocks for their sweet citrusy scent that drifts through the night air after the blossoms open between 4 and 8pm. The oboe-shaped flowers stay open all night long. Shortly after opening the butterflies and hummingbirds visit and as darkness appears the night flying Hawk Moths come to feed on the sweet nectar. These are quick growing, metre tall, bushy plants that flower prolifically from mid-summer thru fall. They are perennial in tropical and sub-tropical regions but we grow them as annuals. You can lift the tuberous roots to winter indoors and replant the following spring. Strega flowers come in combinations of vivd pink, salmon and bright yellow. Some are solid colours and many are mixtures of all three colours. There can be flowers of different colours on the same plant. The original seed was collected in Italy by Lane Selman and this variety is brought to us through a collaboration between the Culinary Breeding Network and Uprising Seeds. Thanks so much.
Days to Maturity: 75-80 days